认识Grana Hills宪章的Jana Davenport'的K-8年级新校长
作为父母，我一直在来往最老的地方上学来回去。我担心我所做的任何决定都会影响我的孩子'一生。我知道有点戏剧性，但我'm also not willing to risk his future. Not, wanting to put 所有 my eggs in one basket, also wondering whether I should be applying for magnet schools, I've been conflicted.
我有机会采访了学校的Jana Davenport's new Principal, who put 所有 of my fears to rest.
Jana Davenport has been a professional educator for 28 years. She was a classroom teacher for 18 years before becoming the Magnet Coordinator and then Principal at Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet in Northridge, CA. Under her leadership, Balboa Magnet set the bar with both record high attendance levels and achievement scores that consistently exceeded district and statewide averages by far. Her experience in leading a successful school community is grounded in her ability to support outstanding teachers and unite a community around a shared vision for preparing children for the challenges of the 21st century. She has a proven track record of creating an environment of trust and mutual respect between 所有 stakeholders. She and her husband have three daughters who 所有 attended public schools including Granada Hills Charter High School.
作为一名学校领导，无论我身在何处，我的希望都不变：建立一个支持最高水平学生成就的社区。这是我以前上学的重点；这将是我对格拉纳达山庄宪章K-8级课程的关注。所有学校都应该共同寻求识别，实施和完善满足其学习者多样化需求的最佳实践……但是每所学校都不尽相同。 GHC K-8年级计划的一些独特特征包括世界级语言的教学以及从小学一年级开始的加利福尼亚计算机科学标准，并且我们将在调整自我时将通用核心州标准嵌入到基于探究的学习中国际学士学位小学和中学课程的教育模式。
I like to encourage parents to keep the end in mind when it comes to education. Let’s consider what kind of young person we hope will emerge at the end of a K-12 education. We need to go beyond the image of our student draped in a graduation gown with diploma in hand and ask, “Who is that person?” Are they heading into the next phase of life with more than just a body of knowledge? Are they capable and confident, able to express themselves clearly, work with others and overcome obstacles? Do they show kindness and compassion to others? As a school community, keeping the end in mind will provide a compass for 所有 of us to navigate together through these critical years of education.
My vision for the school is a community coming together in mutual trust and respect between 所有 stakeholders to support the success of each of our students. I want our kids to love coming to school, to take pride in their hard work and effort, and to be known off-campus as kind and caring people who are making a difference in their community.
The goal for Year 1 will be getting to know 400-500 new students and their families! It will be a challenge but I know that the teachers and I will have our sights set on building those positive relationships that will serve as the firm foundation for our program. Years 2-3 will be about adding new students and moving into our new facilities. We’ll need the support of 所有 our families to help this go smoothly. Of course, in each of our early years, we will focus on student achievement and taking the steps to become certified as an International Baccalaureate World School. Teachers and support staff will receive ongoing professional development and collaborate together to embed the Common Core Standards into a globally-minded, inquiry-based educational model.
The safety of our students is our highest priority and our school will be committed to maintaining a safe, secure campus which is essential to providing a successful learning environment for everyone. The GHC Grades K-8 Program will develop and maintain a school safety plan that addresses school emergencies as well as outlines our strategies to encourage and support positive behaviors. Our teachers and staff will model the scholarly behaviors we expect of our students and will be well-trained to provide support for students who need guidance. One of the benefits of the expansion into a K-8 program is the opportunity to start early with our students so that negative behaviors like bullying can be prevented before they even start. And any time a student needs support, we can continue to provide those crucial wrap-around services 所有 the way through 12th grade.
I am a fan of high-quality education. Period. It doesn’t matter if it’s a private school, public district school, public charter school, home school, or any other type of school…if it’s providing students with a strong educational foundation that prepares them for college and careers in the 21st century, then I’m a fan. My husband and I chose Granada Hills Charter High School for own children because we were confident that its wide range of academic programs, comprehensive offerings of student activities, and ability to support 所有 kinds of learners would give our daughters the skills they needed for whatever they wanted to pursue. Our oldest daughter recently graduated from college and started her career with a large tech company in the Silicon Valley. The job she has didn’t exist when she entered school as a Kindergartener. Many of the jobs that will be available for our current elementary and middle school-aged students do not exist at this moment or will be so different from traditional careers that we can’t envision the type of work they might be asked to do. Her education at Granada Hills Charter High School was the foundation for her ability to learn new tasks, work on a team with people from five different countries, and adapt to the rapidly changing needs of our society.